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The Vanishing Shadow: Chapter 1 - Accused of Murder


Published 1934




Run time 00:21:05
Producer Henry MacRae
Production Company Universal Pictures
Audio/Visual sound, black and white


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Reviewer: claytone1953 - - November 30, 2013
Subject: Audio corrected here:
I extracted the audio, cleaned it up, then made sure it was in sync, when I put the audio and video back together. Check out all 12 chapters, here:
https://archive.org/details/TheVanishingShadow-12ChapterSerial
Cool robot and 1934 sci-fi devices. Probably more valuable than the stuff the bad guys want.
Reviewer: TONYNINER - - December 4, 2011
Subject: What Happened???
All the chapters, excluding 1 and 8 are all BADLY OUT OF SYNC. The audio is approximately 3 to 5 seconds AHEAD of the video. C'mo uploaders, check your work before posting! I have found alot of bad uploads and makes it discouraging to download from this site.
Reviewer: ACT1 NowPlaying - - January 21, 2011
Subject: Soundtracks off on the streaming videos-too bad - great serial
Too bad I can't use this serial to stream on my site at act1nowplaying.com There are many wonderful serials posted on archive.org but the sound is off on so many of them when streaming.
Wish someone would resolve those issues.
Reviewer: mdffyx - - June 15, 2010
Subject: The Vanishing Shadow Soundtrack
Soundtrack is out of sych, beginning with Chapter 2. Sound PRECEDES picture.
I can fix in my player but would rather watch stream in sync.
Reviewer: billbarstad - - January 25, 2010
Subject: It Never Vanishes!
Boss Barnett, ruthless and criminal, has big plans, but the Tribune newspaper continues to stand in his way. To gain control of the newspaper he must have the Tribune stock owned by Stanley Stanfield. Stanfield hates Barnett, whom he blames for his father's recent suicide. He won't sell, but that won't stop Barnett. Stanfield is an inventor and meets with engineering genius Carl Van Dorn, who becomes an ally. Together they perfect the Vanishing Ray, an invisibility device. Barnett's estranged daughter, Gloria, also befriends Stanfield.

The back and forth of this serial involves Barnett's gang trying to obtain Stanfield's stock and neutralize him by kidnapping, threats and theft, and Stanfield's group trying to stay one step ahead of or escaping from Barnett's gang using the Vanishing Ray and other devices invented by Van Dorn. Boss Barnett gets the upper hand in later chapters, but that doesn't last. Gloria, who wants to reform her father, serves as an intermediary between the groups and is central to many chapter stories.

This isn't an eye roller, and stays coherent throughout. The fight scenes are another story, but are short and infrequent. Special effect aren't impressive for a '30s serial. Most cliffhangers are resolved believably and without cheating, but there's a real lulu in there. Pacing is good, dialog is ok, and I was never bored.

Van Dorn's robot, introduced in chapter 11, falls between the walking water heaters in Undersea Kingdom and the scary one in The Phantom Creeps. It looks silly, but is very dangerous.

I downloaded the MPEG4 files. The print had seen better days. Many chapters have portions that are washed out. All of chapter 10 is washed out. There are missing frames here and there, including a 6 or 7 second blank in chapter 7. Otherwise, the video and audio are fine.
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